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Album Review

Perhaps the most startling aspect of the Triangle, Arild Andersen's 15th date as a leader, and his second with pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos and drummer John Marshall is their re-visioning of the trio. Though Tsabropoulos composed five of the nine pieces here, he does not compose for himself as the centerpiece of the trio's expression. The bass is the true centerpiece of this group's language. And it is not simply because Andersen is the group's "leader." Tsabropoulos was a classical player who came to improvisation late, and jazz later. His phrasing is unique and rhythmic, and his writing lends itself to notions of pulse and color rather than single-line flights of inquiry. Andersen's long-handed style offers unique articulation of the rhythmic pulse allowing for his part to balance Marshall's dancing style of drumming with the knottier eloquence of the Tsabropoulos five- or six- note motifs. The beautiful "Choral," is one example where Andersen's undersided melodic notions are colored by the beautiful chromatic voicings of the pianist. Marshall skitters and shimmers with his brushes, playing through them the rhythm. "Andersen's Saturday," is signatory in that it offers a wonderfully direct flow of even-handed grooves and layers of melody that present themselves in the foreground and reveal their full meaning in the rhythmic push and pull. "Pavane" offers another side of the Triangle with its crystalline lyric and parsed out rhythm coming from shards of chordal investigation. The closer, "Cinderella Song" by Tsabropoulos, strolls unhurriedly though shapes and rounds with Andersen's phrasing being the piece's "singing voice." The Triangle is a refreshing and sophisticated new way to hear the trio.

Customer Reviews

Well done follow up to Achirana

Not as well balanced as its predecessor but this is also an excellent display of Tsabropoulos' piano skills! You won't be disappointed!

Excellent successor to Achirana

Though this is not his album proper, Vassilis does not dissapoint. This album is a great follow-up after Achirana.. I agree with one of the previous reviewers that he should be considered among the top 2 or 3 jazz pianists in the world today.

Another brilliant piano trio on ECM.

Achirana was such a lovely record, and Tsabropoulos was such a surprise, these three set a high bar for themselves. I think they cleared it, but this time we knew what to expect. They deliver. Is there a more capable bassist anywhere than the too overlooked Arild Andersen? PLEASE, iTunes, get Mr. Tsabropoulos' name right, it's "Vassilis"; you've also got him listed in your database with the terminal "s" missing, so it's difficult to search and get accurate results. Hire a database programmer who not only knows his/her stuff, but knows the data as well. Someone like ... uh ... me.


Born: October 27, 1945 in Lilleström, Norway

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen has demonstrated fine skills and stylistic versatility. He's performed admirably in free, jazz-rock, and quasi-new age situations since the '60s. Andersen studied bass and the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization with George Russell, and also played with him during the '60s and '70s. He also studied with Karel Netolicka. Andersen began playing at various festivals in Norway during the late '60s. He was tapped by Don Cherry for his first appearance outside...
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The Triangle, Arild Andersen
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: Feb 16, 2004

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